Despite my love for entertaining and seriously over thinking pretty much everything, I love a good casual holiday celebration as much as anyone.  Maybe more.  So to that end, here is a simple yet festive beverage fit for any Fourth of July fête.  A nice glass of lemonade spruced up with a bit of sparkling water and some berry ice cubes.  No need to go to great lengths forcing foods that fit a red, white and blue color scheme or cutting out star-shaped everything with a cookie cutter.  (And for anyone doubting how low maintenance this really is, it takes about 10 minutes of actual effort.)

For a spirited version, feel free to experiment with mixing in some vodka in place of a portion of the sparkling water.  I haven’t tried it yet myself but I most certainly will, and soon.  I hope you all have a fun and safe Fourth!